Celtic news round-up: Toney and Elyounoussi latest


Celtic may have returned to training following their period of lockdown but eyes are still very much on the transfer market.

The Hoops wrapped up a ninth successive Scottish crown a couple of weeks ago and in their quest to seal ten in a row, they could need reinforcements.

Rangers will be trying harder than ever to halt their Old Firm rivals in their tracks while they could also lose Kristoffer Ajer and Odsonne Edouard to the Premier League.

It would continue an unhappy trend for Celtic who saw Kieran Tierney move to Arsenal last summer, as well as seeing the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Victor Wanyama cross the border in years gone by.

Though, on Wednesday, there was some good news for the Bhoys, certainly in terms of potential arrivals at Parkhead.

Here's today's Celtic news round-up...

Elyounoussi in training

Mohamed Elyounossi's loan deal at Southampton is due to come to an end at the climax of the month but he was back in training at Lennoxtown on Wednesday.

The sight of the Norwegian would have been enough to fuel speculation that he could be sticking in Glasgow but truth be told, his future is still very much up in the air.

Elyounoussi signed for the Saints for £16m back in the summer of 2018 and it's previously been reported that his parent club are willing to let him depart for around the £10m mark.

Real Sociedad were apparently in the race to sign him back in February but that was before Coronavirus so it remains to be seen where he'll end up next term.

Neil Lennon is a big admirer of the winger according to the Daily Record and it's no surprise why - he's scored seven goals and registered six assists in just 20 matches this term.

Ivan Toney update

This is beginning to become a drawn-out saga but Wednesday saw another update emerge in the Hoops' pursuit of Toney. 

Celtic are in the race to sign the Peterborough forward this summer but face competition from Rangers and West Brom.

A few days ago it was suggested the Baggies were in pole position to sign him for what was first thought to be around £15m.

Those were the words of Posh boss Barry Fry who claimed that the Old Firm rivals would have to cough up the aforementioned fee to bring him to Glasgow.

Though, fresh reports now claim that Toney's suitors reckon they can prise him away from League One for just £5m.

It's quite a swing from what Fry previously said but that can only come as good news to Celtic, a club who like any other side, have been hit financially by Covid-19. 

Toney has scored 26 goals in all competitions this term.

Ivan Toney

Transfer target likely to leave

The Telegraph reported at the beginning of the month that Celtic were eyeing a move for Israeli forward Shon Weissman if they lose Edouard.

The Frenchman has been linked with a switch away regularly and as a result, Neil Lennon's side will be in need of further firepower - hence reports of interest in Toney too.

Weissman has been in devastating form this term, bagging 32 goals in 34 matches for Austrian outfit Wolfsberger. 

However, following that report, the player's manager has now come out and confirmed that he could well depart.

In quotes relayed by the Daily Record, Ferdinand Feldhofer commented: "He is still under contract. But I don't expect him to stay. In fact, I would be extremely surprised if he did.

"There have already been plenty of interest from British clubs and we have to be realistic, although obviously, I would be delighted as a manager if he is still here next season."

Celtic have been eyeing a swoop for Lyndon Dykes in recent weeks as well but neither he or Toney are as prolific as Weissman. Whether he could do it in Scotland, however, is very up for debate.

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